American Comedians Must Love Trump
June 30, 2020 3:24pm CST
The German town where I live has a small theatre where comedians perform, mostly with political satire. They come from all corners of the country. Contrary to what many people ‘know’, Germans can be funny and enjoy funniness. Especially Brits are convinced that this is a myth. If one cut out the jokes made about unfunny Germans on BBC4, the programmes would be much shorter. But that is not my topic. Today I want to present my thoughts about the fact that since 2017 the job of American comedians has become really easy. They don’t have to think about topics or write text - which is what comedians do when they’re not on stage or in front of a microphone. Recently I’ve watched some American comedy programmes on TV which consisted mainly of showing Trump in person or impersonating him. Impersonating him isn’t too difficult because he has a noticeable body language - he turns his body, moves his shoulders and his fingers in a typical way - and also recurring facial expressions which aren’t difficult to imitate. What he shows most is what is called a ‘Schnullermund’ (both ‘u’ pronounced like the ‘u’ in ‘put’) in German. I’ve checked, but there is no good translation in English. The literal translation would be 'dummy mouth'. Think of a baby who bulges its lips when mommy approaches with a dummy*. Something like that. So, what am I telling you here? The best comedy acts are the ones in which the comedians let Trump do the show himself. I see them watching the news all day long and listen to what the POTUS emits, cut out the oddest statements and let them speak for themselves. No comedian could do it better. --- Photo: CNN.com * 'pacifier' in American English
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I know this Sarah Cooper. I haven't mentioned the names of the comedians I've watched who make fun of Trump. If I had done this, I would have had to say something about them, too, and that would have made my post too long. MyLotters don't/can't read long posts. :-(
• Cambridge, England
It seems to me that the whole world's favourite hobby is Trump-baiting. We do it here in the UK (when the comedians are not making fun of BoJo and his monkey, Cummings) your newspapers in Germany do it and there are similar cartoons from all over the world. .It's hard to believe that anyone with any sense would have the gall to stand for re-election but Trump will try to suck it up, for sure, with his 'suckymouth' pout!
• Bunbury, Australia
We had a newsreader once and I thought she would be impossible to make fun of. She seemed to have no quirky behaviours at all; nothing to make fun of but one night a comedian impersonated her and just slightly exaggerated tiny things about her speech, head movements, stance. It was an eye-opener really. Trump would be a cinch.
@JudyEv I've known 'fortnight' for ages. It may be British. Australian English is influenced by British English, not by American English due to its history. German pupils learn British English at school. We teach our pupils to write 'honour', for example, not 'honor'.